April
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April asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 month ago

What would happen if people stopped having sex?

Serious question here. I'm taking a creative writing class and wanted to get some insight. I was thinking about writing a sci-fi/spiritual novel where a gas was put in the air that made birth control no longer effective. In order to limit the population and avoid an economic crash, a law is passed where all couples and must remain abstinent for seven years. 

How would typical people react? Would they get accustomed to it over time? Would they stop dating? Would kids grow up not knowing what sex is, etc?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Well, we would eventually have less overpopulation of this planet, and then we would eventually die out.

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  • Marli
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    1 month ago

    Which seven years? 

    After puberty? We come into puberty at different ages. How can it be enforced, and by whom? Would the physician send a report to the government after an annual compulsory medical exam and would a lock be placed on the relevant sex organ? I know the Americans would riot, calling the law the thin edge of socialized medicine. 

    After the engagement or wedding day? Again, another government intrusion.  The Christian churches have tried over 2000 years to persuade unmarried people to abstain from sex. Many women with many children have tried many more centuries to keep from birthing more babies.

    After the children have left the nest? But that may be after 15 children were born  "At last! Menopause!" says Mom.  But even that is inconsistent.at its onset - and Dad may have sperm and drive left. Vasectomy and hysterectomy is the only sure way.  The old time conception inhibitors condom and the diaphragm or pessary or a lemon rind up the cervix will be the latest thing in your story. We know more about ovulation than our ancestors did, but the rhythm method probably won't work.  We want sex now, not after we've consulted the calendar or fitted our inhibitors.

    Frankly only the ugly and the super-strong willed will be celibate.

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    • April
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      1 month agoReport

      A deadly virus could also be spreading which could be why the dictator enforces the public to stay clothed and distance socially.

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  • Scott
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    1 month ago

    The online pornography industry would grow substantially and people who were for bidden to have sex with masturbate more frequently.

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    • April
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      1 month agoReport

      The book doesn't have to take place in the US. Some countries invade people's rights a lot more. Look at China.

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  • 1 month ago

    There would be zero population growth leading to zero population.

    • April
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      1 month agoReport

      Right. But would the population really go extinct in seven years?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The birth rate would decline. I don't think the gas idea is going to work, reproduction is the strongest biological urge, given that the primary function of living things is to reproduce themselves.

  • 1 month ago

    Not wishing to be rude, but I'm afraid you lack any real knowledge of the real world. People will ALWAYS have sex. Simply banning it is not going to work. Even introducing severe punishment for producing a baby won't work; as with ALL prohibitions, it will only drive the problem underground and fuel crime.

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    • April
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      4 weeks agoReport

      It was posted on "Psychology Today." It said if sex were truly an animalistic urge, sex therapists wouldn't have a job. It's natural for animals, but not people. Yes, it may be normal, but not natural.

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  • sam
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    1 month ago

    Some people would follow the regulations to the letter and others would blow them off completely while still others would be in the middle. Look at all the different reactions to the coronavirus lockdown. You’d see something similar 

  • 1 month ago

    The porn industry would possibly suffer a large loss of interest thus creating many lost jobs and potentially causing a recession  .

    • I have a severe case of anus cancer

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    < In order to limit the population and avoid an economic crash, a law is passed where all couples and must remain abstinent for seven years.  >

     

    Good luck with that.  Seriously, lots of people are going to ignore any such law.

     

    < Would kids grow up not knowing what sex is >

     

    Like kids didn't know anything about sex before we had sex ed in school?  Kids tell younger kids, don't you remember?  Doesn't take much to figure out how Tab A and Slot B fit together.

     

    That's got to be one of the stupidest plots I've read.

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    • April
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      1 month agoReport

      Yes, of course kids know what sex is because they see it in the media/hear that their authority figures are doing it. But what if they were in a society where literally no one did it?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It wouldn't work.  People wouldn't even protest, they'd just carry on with their private lives in private.  You don't need sci-fi for this.  Various movements in history have tried to ban sex outright, often for spiritual reasons.  It doesn't work.  It never has.  You get a hardcore of true believers who probably always tended toward asexuality anyways, then you get the people who secretly get a kick out of "failing" to be true believers because they enjoy repentance, and the people who truly believe that "the rules" are for other people and enjoy breaking them, and an awful lot of confused unhappy people who still manage to break the rules, not to mention the outright rebels.  

    There's a reason why "abstinence only" educated teens on average have sex younger than those who receive a comprehensive sex education and go on to have more accidental pregnancies because they feel awkward about having frank discussions.  You real question is what happens to the result of trying to implement something so unworkable.  How does society agree to hide its cracks?

    Also, you don't know much about sex, human sexuality, or how fertility was regulated in the past, let alone the present to think that all sex must lead to a child, mystery gas or no mystery gas.  People have always been very invested in controlling human fertility AND having sex.

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    • April
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Bang! I just looked up "Is sex natural?" on Google. It even says sexual behavior is NOT natural; it's learned. 

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